STORIES

Catcalls of NYC street art

CAT-CALLING IT OUT

Sophie, 22, on learning how to be unapologetic and tackling sexual harassment on NYC streets.

The Handmaid's Musical actors on stage

IGNITING THE FIRE

Sammi, 29, on using comedy to navigate NYC and showcasing the battle over women’s bodies.

A city road sunset

LOVING WITH NO BOUNDARIES

Eric*, 24, on going the distance and learning how to live with his partner thousands of miles away.

A green neon heart with dollar bills inside

TALKING MONEY WITH LOVE

Ellie*, 24, on kicking off a healthy financial journey with your partner.

Person doing yoga on a mountain

BENDING TOWARDS IMPERFECTION

Lolly*, 22, opens up about learning how to lean closer and closer to her authentic self.

Person on a street corner underneath aboveground subway tracks

NEW YORK MY WAY

Tina, 23, shares the delights and anxieties of life in the Big Apple.

Seats in front of a stage

PAINTING A NEW STORY

Robert, 25, on how writing and studying drama helped him embrace his blackness.

Audience looking at a stage

SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON REPRESENTATION

Kally, 20, shares how NYC shaped her view of identity and how she now seeks to advocate for more media identity representation.

Stack of bills and scattered coins on a desk

EARN IT, PLAN IT

Victoria, 25, shares how she took charge of her personal finances — and how you can too.

Stick figures made of rocks, one giving a heart to the other

DOES SLOW AND STEADY WIN THE RACE?

Noman, 23, found out the hard way that it was easy to go from “best friend” to “boyfriend,” but much more difficult the other way around.

Couple walking out of their wedding

WE DO

Tina, 23, had never expected to meet the love of her life at just 19 years old, but there’s nothing about their weird little story she would change.

Red sky lanterns with Chinese characters

YEAR OF THE PIG

Jojo, 24, feels homesick every year around Chinese New Year. She reflects on having taken the holiday for granted in her childhood as she prepares to return to her hometown this year for the holiday.

Stack of Polaroid pictures on top of a map

WHICH COAST, BEST COAST?

Carolynn, 24, found herself stuck between the city that never sleeps and the golden state. She learns that both places are telling her she belongs.

Student behind a stack of books

MEET ME AT THE END OF THE APP

Hediya, 23, thought applying to grad schools would be all about convincing her top choices she was the right candidate. Never did she think the process would end up teaching her something about herself.

Alphabet blocks

SPOKEN WORD OF SPIRITUALITY

Ali, 22, had prepared all his life to get a job, but when he wasn’t able to, he began spending his spare time learning Persian. Little did he know, he would end up finding something more important.

Green juice

COULD I DO HEALTH WITHOUT THE LITTLE GREEN JUICE?

Caitie, 24, spent many years figuring out what “healthy” means to her. This year, she’s determined to help others find their own “healthy,” beyond measurements and scales.

Graduates tossing their hats up at graduation

DEALING WITH THE HASSLE POST-TASSEL

Jessica, 22, is about to graduate college but took a while to find the right her place in the community. Now, she has to do it all over again.

Bedsheets

TO HAVE SEX, OR TO NOT HAVE SEX?

Maggie*, 28, spent her formative years in celibacy. Now, as she re-enters the world of love and sex, she continues to define what physical relationships mean to her.

A rainbow painted on a person's wrist

MOM? DAD? IT’S ME…

Li Lu, 24, has never hidden who he was, even at the risk of his family turning their back on him.

Close-up of a Christmas ornament

A TALE OF TWO FAMILIES

Bonny, 29, is bringing her husband home to her family in Texas for the first time in their 11-year relationship this Christmas, in hopes that he will fall in love with her community just as much as she has fallen in love with his.

Red candle with holiday decorations

HEY ALEXA, CALL HOME

Maggie, 24, is looking forward to spending the holidays surrounded by loved ones this year after having worked the last few holidays, and being away from home.

Coins spilling out of a jar

FINDING HER COMMON CENTS

Katie, 27, didn’t always have enough cash to afford the excesses New York City has to offer, but quickly found a way to do the things she wanted to do with change leftover in her wallet.

A bearded, tattooed man, with one hand on his waist

WHAT IS MASCULINITY?

Sultan*, 24, wasn’t the best version of himself so he sought to find it, even if his journey was more difficult than he ever thought possible.

Close-up of a violin

LISTENING BETWEEN THE NOTES

Sikander, 24, has been up and down, east and west – but the one thing that stays the same is his violin.

A person holding a small catus pot

NEW ROOTS IN TOWN

Jessica, 23, unexpectedly found that a little patch of greenery in the city could make her feel like she had a greater purpose.

Chairs in an auditorium

MAKING THE WORLD HER STAGE

Colette, 19, moved to New York City as a teenager to pursue a career in acting. In the process of helping found a theater company and making her Off-Broadway debut, Colette found herself.

A waving US flag

IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, DO IT YOURSELF

Dylan, 24, has always been interested in supporting his community and discovered the most impactful way of doing that was running for office in local government.

A roll of "I Voted" stickers

BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD

Nieve, 23, knows that politics and changing the world often seem like goals too far to reach. But it doesn’t have to be, and she’s ready to show you how.

A bed and bedside table

DON’T LET THE BED BUGS BITE

Kavish, 23, found himself turning into a warrior after an experience with bed bugs shook up his routine.

An hourglass

NOT A GIRL, NOT YET A WOMAN

Cleo*, 24, faces her fear of growing up as she compares the new her to the girl she was just three years ago.

A young person waiting for the train

SINK OR SWIM

Eric*, 24, learned what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger when he started his first full-time job and was quickly forced to become his own full-time leader.

An open desert road

CONQUERING HER CROSSROADS

Meenaskhi, 23, took to the open road and came across some tears and a Grand Canyon sunset that would eventually help her detach from anxiety and embrace mindfulness.

A crowd of white gummy bears, with a red gummy bear in the center

A 9-TO-5 MINORITY EXPERIENCE

Emma*, 22, noticed clearly that she was different from her coworkers when she started her job at a majority-white office, especially when her culture became the butt of their jokes.

A group doing yoga

SEEKING A JOB, FINDING HER CLAN

Ali*, 23, needed to find a gig after graduating in New York City. Little did she know, she’d find the missing pieces in her life, too.

Calculator and coins

WORKING HER WAY UP TO ZERO

Beebo*, 24, pursued her dreams in graphic design without quite realizing how much it would cost, and worked her ass off to pay it off when she saw the first bill in the mail.

Whiteboard with Post-It Notes

FINDING A JOB THAT’S NOT REALLY A JOB

Vidy, 22, studied computer science in college and graduated in 2018. He is now living out his dreams, exploring his passions in the world of entrepreneurship but continues to have doubts from time to time.

Bookcase

FALLING IN LOVE… WITH THE STRAND

Admera, 23, met who she thought was the love of her life while studying at NYU. It wasn’t until her heartbreak that she discovered her true love would be writing and poetry.


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